Stefani, now 72, has other restaurant projects in the works. His restaurant group is working with the folks from Avli, a group of modern Greek restaurants, to remodel Castaways at North Avenue Beach into a Mediterranean restaurant. He also plans to open a restaurant at North Wells and West Ontario streets in River North next spring. Plans for that concept are still in the works.
The group also operates Stefani Prime steakhouse in Lincolnwood; Bar Cargo, a Roman-style pizza bar, in River North; three Broken English Taco Pub locations; and Tuscany Taylor, Stefani’s oldest restaurant still in operation, in Little Italy.
As for the Tavern restaurant itself, Stefani has far from ruled out the potential of reopening in a new location. “Listen to me very closely,” he said as restaurant-goers cheered behind him. “Stay tuned. Stay tuned.”
Crain’s reporter Ally Marotti contributed.